Sunday, 31 March 2019

Manzanilla Pasada Solear en Rama Invierno 2018 15%, Barbadillo

Bright, very slightly brassy gold with golden highlights.
Forthcoming with lots of very slightly buttery bitter almondy flor with hints of esparto and dried herbs and a slightly saline fresh sea air note. There are gentle hints of cabezuela which give complexity yet the wine is very slightly reserved and a little less assertive than the spring and autumn sacas which is only to be expected as the flor is more intense then.

Considerable intensity of yeasty flavour with that rich buttery autolytic character carried through by perfectly restrained acidity which gives the wine balance and a gentle tang without excessive bite. There are notes of humidity, salinity and a dry chalky texture but everything is delightfully harmonious and the wine has terrific length.
Bottled en rama in January 2018 and made from vines over 30 years old. Wine is drawn from the Solear solera at about six years old and goes to another 550 butt solera of two clases where it ages in the firm´s El Potro bodega for another two years before a selection of the best 15 butts is made of approximately 100 litres per butt.
14 euros per half bottle, Licores Corredera

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